Theme meeting and PhD defence: Social benefits and the internal market

At this theme meeting, Professor Michael Dougan from University of Liverpool will outline the UK’s renegotiation of the EU membership, the proposed “red card” powers for the national parliaments, and the draft restrictions on access to welfare for EU nationals. Afterwards, Henrik Skovgaard-Petersen will defend his PhD thesis about the relationship between free movement and non-discrimination - particularly with respect to social rights and benefits illustrated by the case of student mobility.

2016.02.24 | Andreas G. Jensby

Date Fri 18 Mar
Time 10:30 15:30
Location The Conference Centre, meeting room 1, Aarhus University, Fredrik Nielsens Vej, 8000 Aarhus C.

Once again the Department of Law has the pleasure of inviting you to a theme meeting at our premises. This time, the theme is the membership of the European Union and the legal challenges that follow for the individual member states and which have resulted in a special agreement for UK's membership of the EU.

While the PhD defence is public and free for everyone to attend, there is only room for a maximum of 30 participants for Michael Dougan's lecture and the lunch. Sign up here for the lunch and lecture here! 

Programme

  • 10.30 - 11. 00: Coffee, network etc.
  • 11.00 - 12.00: "The UK’s New Deal for Membership of the EU" - by professor Michael Dougan from University of Liverpool.
  • 12.00 - 13.00: Lunch
  • 13.00 - 14.00: "From market citizenship to citizenship of the market" - PhD defence by Henrik Skovgaard-Petersen. The defence is public.
  • 14.00 - 14.15: Short break
  • 15.30 - 16.30: Reception

Practical information

  • Course certificate: You can request a course certificate for your participation.
  • Place: The Conference Centre, meeting room 1, Aarhus University, Fredrik Nielsens Vej, 8000 Aarhus 
  • Price: Participation is free. While the PhD defence is free for everyone to attend, there is only room for a maximum of 30 participants for Michael Dougan's lecture and the lunch for which you have to sign up through this link
  • Materials: Send an e-mail to ekspedition.law@au.dk to get the PhD dissertation ahead of the theme meeting.
  • Course certificate: You can request a course certificate for your participation

The two themes this day

The UK’s New Deal for Membership of the EU  
This presentation will outline the political and legal background to the UK’s renegotiation of and forthcoming referendum on EU membership and explore the key elements of the UK deal from the perspective of EU constitutional law – with particular emphasis on the principles that should govern the relationship between Euro and non-Euro states; the proposed “red card” powers for the national parliaments; and the draft restrictions on access to welfare for EU nationals.

Michael Dougan holds the Jean Monnet Chair in EU Law at University of Liverpool. He specialises in EU Law, particularly EU constitutional law, the Single Market and EU welfare law, and is one of the most prominent researcher in these fields.”

From market citizenship to citizenship of the market
The relationship between free movement and non-discrimination - particularly with respect to social rights and benefits - is among the most controversial issues in contemporary European integration. Through a case study of higher education and related benefits (such as student support), the thesis has attempted to shed light on the tension between "marketization" and social rights in the development of Union citizenship (i.e. the right of free movement and non-discrimination enjoyed by all citizens of the EU Member States throughout the EU).

The thesis addresses not only the extent to which social rights are available to Union citizens exercising their right of free movement in the EU and the consequences of such movement for national welfare states, but also whether EU law and European integration encourage and incentivise an increasing degree of "marketization" in the development of the welfare state. The analytical perspective is predominantly a legal one.

The subject of the public defence is the emergence of a new type of "market citizenship", involving, inter alia, the transformation of public benefits into contractual relationships between the state and individual citizens. The case of student mobility (free movement of students) will serve to illustrate the discussion.

Sign up for the theme meeting here!

Seminar